Our Educator Workshops are always free and eligible for CEUs. We develop workshops to address topics of interest as indicated by educator feedback and suggestion. Additional Educator events are planned throughout the year to stay in touch with the CSO. In-person events are returning in the 2021-2022 season!
Connect With Us!
The CSO wants to get to know you in order to support and provide opportunities for learning and collaboration. Our events and continuing education opportunities are intended to engage and inspire teachers with relevant topics, applicable learning and fun. Through our free virtual programming, workshops, events and network communication, we hope to build a long-lasting relationship with the educators in the region.
Education Media Portal Registration
Access all of the CSO's virtual, educational performances in one location for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Registration for this portal includes access to:
- Virtual Young People's Concerts The Trail to Music Hall (K-3) and Musical Sparks (3-6)
- CSO Musicians in Schools Chamber Ensemble Performances
- Select Special Recording Projects (UC Classics, Mindful Music Moments collaborations, etc).
Registration requires a one-time, per-school fee with discounts and free access available to schools based on Free/Reduced Lunch Rate. Access is given to all students, teachers and parents at your school and good through August 31, 2022. For questions, or assistance with registration or pricing, please contact us at [email protected]
Registration opens September 13, 2021
Looking for in-person concerts instead? Register for our Young People's Concerts at Music Hall!
Upcoming Educator Events
Sat Sep 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm, Musical Mapping (Virtual)
Join this workshop to explore musical mapping in the elementary music classroom! Presented by Vicky Suarez, this workshop is free to virtually attend. Please rsvp to [email protected].
Vicky Suarez teaches K-5 music at Shepard Elementary School in Plano, Texas. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington (Bachelor of Music, 1989) and Southern Methodist University (Master of Music in Music Education, 2017), and is a SongWorks Certified Educator (2015). She completed her Orff Schulwerk Level 3 Certification in 2016 and has presented at the American Orff Schulwerk Association Convention (2019), the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (2014, 2016, 2020), and for the Texas Choral Directors Association Convention in 2021. She also enjoys providing professional development for area music teachers. Vicky is a Past President of the SongWorks Educators Association, and is on the faculty of the SongWorks summer courses at The University of Wisconsin at River Falls and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Vicky lives in Richardson, Texas, and enjoys playing the flute in the New Texas Symphony Orchestra. Check out her YouTube music teacher videos!
Fri Mar 25, 2022 | Doors open at 6:00 pm, Educator Appreciation Night at Music Hall
RSVP for our annual Educator Appreciation Night, a free, educator event with light bites, drinks, and music! We will also be presenting the 2022 CSO Music Educator Award. Following the reception, enjoy the CSO concert:
WYNTON MARSALIS: Orchestral Fanfare
KINDS OF KINGS: New Work, World Premiere
HECTOR BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique
The first 50 educators to RSVP will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Symphonie fantastique CSO concert following the reception. Those RSVP-ing after the comps have been distributed will receive a promo code to purchase concert tickets at a discount and complimentary entrance to the reception.
- Educator Appreciation Night at the CSO, February 2020
- Workshop(s): CSO at OMEA 2020, January 2020
- Workshop: Simple Physics of Tone Production with David Eccles, Hal Leonard, November 2019
- Workshop: Vocal Wellness with Katie Davidson, M.A. CCC-SLP, September 2019
- Summer Social at Fretboard, August 2019
- Workshop: Self-Care Day, May 2019
- Workshop: Conducting Master Class with John Morris Russell, March 2019
- Educator Appreciation Night at the CSO, November 2018
- Workshop: World Instruments and Roots of Rhythm with Dr. Craig Woodson, September 2018
- Summer Social at Rhinegeist, July 2018
CSO Learning Programs
Both in-person and virtual programming are available to bring the CSO to your classroom anytime, anywhere. Find the program that fits your students and learning format in the options below. For virtual content, register for the Education Media Portal beginning September 13, 2021 to view digital performances from both Musicians in Schools and the Young People's Concerts.
Young People's Concerts and Education Media Portal registration will re-open on September 13, 2021. Learn more here. Registered for the portal already? Access the media portal below (password required).
Virtual Sound Discoveries
Recommended for grades K-6 and possible for in-classroom use, virtual and/or asynchronous use. Learn more. Our in-person Sound Discoveries program is for select partner residency schools.
- Four learning modules with twelve videos each: Science & Music, Math & Music, ELA & Music, General Music
- 10 minute lesson videos led by Teaching Artist Liz Wu
- New lessons coming quarterly in 2021-2022
- Supplies delivery available for local schools
Young People's Concerts
Recommended for grades K-12 and available to enjoy in-person at Music Hall or virtually through pre-recorded performances. Learn More.
- 30-60 educational orchestra performances
- Three recommended grade brackets: K-3, 3-6, 5+
- Curriculum materials available for preparation and guidance
- Ticketing and bus funding assistance available for schools attending in-person
Musicians in Schools
Recommended for grades K-6, schedule an in-person chamber performance or register for the Education Media Portal to view our pre-recorded chamber performances.
Recommended for grades 6-12, arrange in-person or virtual coaching with CSO musicians.
- Pre-recorded videos are 15 minutes, each featuring a family of the orchestra
- Virtual visits can include instrumental coaching, Q&A, or instrument demos
CSO Music Educator Award
This award recognizes two K-12 music educators for their excellence in the field and includes $250 in scholarship for Professional Development.
Congratulations to our 2021 CSO Music Educator Award recipients:
Matthew Jenkins, King Mills Elementary, General Music/Band/Choir/Marimba Ensemble
Jennifer Green-Hatcher, LEAP Academy, General Music
The awarded music educator demonstrates:
- Dedication to the growth of all students in the classroom
- Establishing an inclusive and safe environment for students
- Inspiring creativity and music learning through unique lessons, experiences and/or projects
- Overcoming exceptional challenges in the classroom
- Advocating for music and arts education
- For 2021, the CSO aims to recognize music educators who successfully and creatively navigated the unique challenges of the 2020-2021 school year amongst the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Submit Entry:
The application period for the 2021 CSO Music Educator Award has ended. Applications for 2022 will open in Winter 2021.
Previous award recipients:
2020, Beth Miller, Director of Choirs at Winton Wood High School
Resources for Learning at Home
Explore our digital learning content for at-home music lovers of all ages. Be sure to check our social media for updates on videos, activites and more from the CSO Educator Network at our Educator Network Facebook page. Have ideas for educational content you'd like to see?Let us know
The CSO, through membership in the League of American Orchestras and the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (affiliate of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education), works to advocate for continued access and support to arts education for students in Ohio.
As part of the GCAAE's advocacy efforts, we are collecting belief statements for arts education to be shared as an advocacy tool with state representatives. To share why you value the arts in Ohio, complete the belief statement form below.
Educator Events Gallery
For questions about Educator Workshops or Events, contact the Education Programs Manager at [email protected] or 513.744.3347.